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Public School Parents Villified for Objecting to Critical Race Theory Curriculum

In Loudoun County, Virginia, parents concerned about the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in local schools have been treated to an over-the-top reaction. As Luke Rosiak reports,

A group of current and former teachers and others in Loudoun County, Virginia, compiled a lengthy list of parents suspected of disagreeing with school system actions, including its teaching of controversial racial concepts — with a stated purpose in part to “infiltrate,” use “hackers” to silence parents’ communications, and “expose these people publicly.”

This heavily-organized and likely illegal effort to shut out anyone who questions CRT seems more extreme than we have seen elsewhere. However, one has to question how such a novel theory of very recent origin has so quickly gained a foothold within the educational establishment.

One strategy that has helped accomplish this is using taxpayer money to fund advocates within the school systems. Rosiak reports that, “As part of the school system’s racial initiatives, Loudoun pays 93 teachers $3,820 extra a year to take on additional duties as ‘equity leads.'” Equity leads are not an invention of the Loudoun County school district, and these people might go by different titles. For example, equity leads might also be members of school improvement teams or school climate teams. Whatever they are called, taxpayers are paying for people, such as those in Loudoun County, who might be working in direct opposition to parents who object to the implementation of CRT in their schools.

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